Clark County SPCA | 21 Walter Street | Springfield, Ohio 45506


It’s every pet parent’s nightmare: Your dog or cat has gotten loose, and you don’t know where he or she is. Don’t panic — there are many steps you can take to locate your little one.  Swift action, coupled with major neighborhood networking, will increase the odds of having your furry friend back in your arms! The key is to get the information out to as many people and places as you can, so enlist the help of friends and make sure to involve your entire family in the search effort.

As soon as you notice that your pet is missing, talk to your family members or housemates and ask when they last saw your pet. It’s a good idea to search your home carefully—under beds, in closets, dark places, small places, behind bulky furniture—in case your pet may be hiding or sleeping somewhere. Shaking a food dish, treat jar or favorite toy will sometimes lure animals out of a hiding place.

If you are sure your pet is not in or around the home, take a slow ride or walk around the neighborhood. Ask friends or neighbors if they’ve seen your animal companion; be sure to bring along a recent photo to show them. Check under porches and shrubs, and ask neighbors to check in sheds and garages just in case your pet was accidentally locked in.

Your first calls should be to all the animal control agencies, shelters, and rescue groups in your area; one of them could have your pet in custody already. Check in with them daily by phone and be sure to visit the shelter as often as possible.  What you call a “Labrador” may not be what they see.  Breeds are easily mistaken for one another, and it’s best that you come in and look for your lost pet…you'll recognize them much faster than we will!  Bring photos of your pet to distribute, lost posters, or anything else that may  help them find your lost loved one.

Send descriptive emails about your lost pet to local friends, colleagues and family members, and ask them to pass on the info to anyone they can.  In addition, don’t forget to use social media! Create a LOST PET POSTER with information about your lost pet and share it far and wide across all of your social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, etc. Don’t forget to ask your friends to share the Poster with their friends as well.  Also, this area, like most places across the country have local “Lost Pets” Facebook pages where they post information about missing pets. You can even create your own Facebook page for your lost pet and share that across all of your social networks.  Click HERE to visit the Springfield Lost Pets Facebook Page, and click HERE to visit the Lost Pets: Dayton & Surrounding Area Facebook page.

Now with your posters in hand (and hopefully, a crew of supportive helpers), it’s time to hit the streets!  Good places to post your flyers may include:

**Note, be sure to ask permission before posting your flyers!**


It’s a good idea for all of your animal companions — even indoors-only pets — to always wear a collar with an ID tag or their license (as required by law). The ID tag should have your name and a current phone number.  If you’ve chosen to microchip your pet, keep in mind that microchips, ID tags, or licenses are only as good as the information provided.  If you’ve moved or changed your phone number since registering and forgot to submit an update, please do so as soon as you can.

In the State of Ohio, dogs are required to display their license at all times, regardless of if they’re inside or outside dogs.  This license allows for identification of your dog, and in most cases gets the dog a free ride home!  Without a license, your dog can be adopted, sent to rescue, or transferred after 72 hours at the shelter. With a license, the shelter is required to hold the dog for 14 days, and will contact you to make arrangements to pick up and redeem your animal.

Microchipping is a great way to allow for permanent identification!  Most veterinary offices offer this service, and we do as well!  It’s a fantastic way to ensure identification, just in case your dog or cat lose their collar along the way!


This one is important!  We know how hard it is to stay positive at times.  Use the vast resources you have available to you, and remember that many lost animals have found their way back